When it rains, it pours

Jaren plays in the water, after 94 millimetres (mm) of rain was recorded on his parent’s property at Kiacatoo. The Lachlan Shire received a drenching during a significant rain event, which began last Friday. There have been reports of falls from the high 60mm to well over 100mm across the region. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

When it rains, it really does pour across the Lachlan Shire.

The region received a drenching during a significant rain event, which began last Friday. There have been reports of falls from the high 60mm to well over 100mm across the Shire.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology Condobolin has recorded 85.2mm. There have been reports of 94mm at Kiacatoo and 110mm at Tullibigeal. Lake Cargelligo has seen a little less, with only 58.8mm in the gauge. West Wyalong scored 72mm, Cobar 40.2mm, Parkes 21.2mm, Forbes 53mm and Dubbo 53.8mm.

According to AGnVET Services Condobolin agronomist Olivia Wright, farmers will be looking for sunshine, which will enable them to get back onto paddocks to complete their sowing and spraying programs.

“Conditions were really quite favourable before this [the rain],” she said.

“I have heard of falls from anywhere between the high 60mm to over 100mm around the district.

“Many were starting to begin their in-crop spraying program, and the rain will slow that down. It [the in-crop spraying program] will be quite delayed now. Farmers will need good weather to enable them to get back onto paddocks to complete their programs.”

Ms Wright added that water-logging and germination issues may also be a concern for local landholders.

“With such significant rain, there are some paddocks that are under water, and could remain that way for some time,” she said.

“This means the seed can take on a lot of water quickly and burst. Water on the ground is not so much of a problem for established crops, but can affect those that are quite young, which is the category most crops within the Lachlan Shire fit into at the moment.

“There are some farmers who still have a bit of sowing to go. So the rain means it will take longer for them to get back onto their ground, which may lead to a less than ideal sowing window.

“If the area had around 25mm (one inch) instead of the three to four that some received, it would have been ideal. However, some farmers I know have had over 130mm in the last two weeks alone.

“There will be a lot of farmers hoping for sunshine from now on.”

Connecting with Agriculture

Cat Worner is dedicated to connecting with agriculture

• West Wyalong’s Cat Worner participated in a two-week study tour of the northern Philippines recently.

By Melissa Blewitt

Cat Worner is dedicated to connecting with agriculture.

The Agricultural Science student, from West Wyalong, recently undertook a two-week study tour of the northern Philippines, as part of the Syngenta Connections program.

Agriculture students from across Australia participated, and they experienced different systems, crops, research and academic systems.

Cat spent a great deal of time working on her grandparents’ property in the West Wyalong area.  Cat is studying Agricultural Science at Charles Sturt University.

“To have been selected for Syngenta’s Connections program is a great honour,” she said while she was on tour.

“I’ve enjoyed learning from the Australian participants and the Filipino smallholder farmers.

“It will be great to come away with an understanding of the challenges and opportunities they face and know more about how their farming practices differ.

“It’s great to be exposed to elements of farming that I wouldn’t normally see, and learn more about sustainable agriculture in such a different environment.”

The 20 agriculture students from Australia, the largest group to participate in the Syngenta Connections program since its inception in 2010, underwent a rigorous selection process to be chosen for the study tour, which ran from 11 to 26 July.

During the tour, the students learned about the challenges local farmers face in the Philippines, while being exposed to rural development and smallholder farming.

Students also learned about the six commitments that form Syngenta’s Good Growth Plan, an initiative aimed at addressing the critical challenges the world faces in feeding a growing population.

The students met with local dignitaries, including the Mayor of Cauayan City in Isabela, the second-largest province in the Philippines, and visited the Australian Embassy to learn more about the Australian government’s investment in agriculture and development in the Philippines.

New Vet Service for Condo

A new vet service is coming to Condobolin.

Lachlan Shire Council’s Director of Environment and Planning Andrew Johns is more than happy that Forbes Vet Clinic will be providing a one day per week vet service to Condobolin. The new vet service will be located at 17 McDonnell Street, Condobolin and will operate every Wednesday from 12 August. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

A new vet service is coming to Condobolin.

Forbes Vet Clinic will visit the town every Wednesday from 12 August, easing the burden on local pet owners who have had to travel for animal care for almost a decade.

The new clinic will be located at 17 McDonnell Street, Condobolin, and offer vaccinations, health checks and medications for pets.

Lachlan Shire Council’s Director of Environment and Planning Andrew Johns said while the process has been long, residents will now be able to bring their pets to a local point for care.

“The process has been a long one but now we can say Condobolin will have a vet service for one day per week,” he said.

“Residents have had to travel to access vet services in Forbes and Parkes, this new service will enable them to access pet care locally.

“Lachlan Shire Council made it a priority to bring a vet service back to Condobolin, and now we can say that it is a reality.”

Mr Johns said the building at 17 McDonnell Street (formerly Children’s Services) is ready for the Forbes Vet Clinic to move into.

“The Development Application has been approved and all relevant neighbours contacted,” he said.

“We have done some work to the property, replacing carpet with vinyl floor coverings and now it is ready to go.”

One limitation of the new service, is that it will not be a registered vet surgery, so no operations will be undertaken on the site.

“No operations can be done at this stage, but Forbes Vet Clinic will look at the need for those types of services and look at options in around 12 months time,” Mr Johns said.

“Animals that require surgery will be referred to their clinic in Forbes.”

Forbes Vet Clinic Vet Saraih Werry said the business is “very excited” to be bringing such a service to Condobolin.

“We hope to be able to offer stock pregnancy testing to farmers and bring an equine dentist over,” she said.

“Forbes Vet Clinic couldn’t be happier to be providing the community with their services.

“We look forward to coming to Condobolin,” she said.

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